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  1. 4 out of 5

    Rossdavidh

    I am, basically, not a poetry person. I recall reading with relief that J.R.R.Tolkien admitted he had skipped the poetry sections of books he read as a youth. By the time he was my age, though, JRRT had most definitely changed his tune, whereas I only somewhat have. So, why was I reading this book? Well partly, it is an attempt to figure out what I am missing. Partly, it is because I have occasionally enjoyed writing poetry, if only for myself, and that suggests that perhaps I could learn to enjo I am, basically, not a poetry person. I recall reading with relief that J.R.R.Tolkien admitted he had skipped the poetry sections of books he read as a youth. By the time he was my age, though, JRRT had most definitely changed his tune, whereas I only somewhat have. So, why was I reading this book? Well partly, it is an attempt to figure out what I am missing. Partly, it is because I have occasionally enjoyed writing poetry, if only for myself, and that suggests that perhaps I could learn to enjoy reading it. Partly, I admit, it was that the book had a nice binding, aging gold foil on the top of the pages and a red ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding. It may be, that I am too shallow for poetry. The method (or should I say venue?) that I chose for this collection, was to leave it on my nightstand, and most nights read one or two poems. This was typically followed by a smartphone wikipedia search for biography and images. I am not sure what it says about me that I was quite often more interested in reading their wikipedia biographies, than their poems, but I did occasionally enjoy them. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, E.E.Cummings, a few others. I do not get what the deal is with T.S.Eliot. Boring. I did mention that I might be too shallow for poetry. But, on the whole, it was a calming and pleasant way to wind down for the night, reading somebody else's words, not too long, and perhaps a quick summary of their life, and thinking about what it was like when poets were celebrities, and newspapers carried new poems, and a great many people read them and clipped out and memorized their favorites. It may come again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mattie Kupfer

    This book of poems is completely delightful and definitely one to keep on hand at all times...you know...in the case of emergency.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This book is very well put together - both in it's physical design and it's content. My Mother took a college class in poetry in the 1950's; this was the text. It is small, hardbacked, very thin, fine paper, has lasted well and has a heft to it that I like. The editor, Oscar Williams, created a tribute to poetry in 5 parts: 1) Chief Modern poets of England and America (most recent poet's birth day 1914, Dylan Thomas), 2) Modern Lyrics, such as"Chicago" by Carl Sandberg, 3) The poetry of the 40's This book is very well put together - both in it's physical design and it's content. My Mother took a college class in poetry in the 1950's; this was the text. It is small, hardbacked, very thin, fine paper, has lasted well and has a heft to it that I like. The editor, Oscar Williams, created a tribute to poetry in 5 parts: 1) Chief Modern poets of England and America (most recent poet's birth day 1914, Dylan Thomas), 2) Modern Lyrics, such as"Chicago" by Carl Sandberg, 3) The poetry of the 40's: i.e. Berryman, Lowell, Wilbur, 4) Modern light Verse - Gertrude Stein, Ogden Nash, and 5) Appendix, with an interesting collection of notes such as "list of the War Poems of the 20th century". My copy of the Little Treasury has my Mother's beautiful signature on the fronts piece and notes and markings which indicate her favorites and her thoughts. The introduction of the first edition includes this quote from W. H. Auden (page xxxviii): When we read Kipling we can usually say "That is just how I feel". Of course there is nothing "wrong" with that, but, when we read a great poet, we say, "I never realized before what I felt. From now on, thanks to this poem, I shall feel differently." Indeed, a Treasure!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Poetreehugger

    "Music I Heard" by Conrad Aiken, p. 330 "Success Is Counted Sweetest" by Emily Dickinson, p. 267 "Elegy" by Gene Derwood, p. 273 "Part of Plenty" by Bernard Spencer, p. 331 "Little Boy Blue" by John Crowe Ransom. "Music I Heard" by Conrad Aiken, p. 330 "Success Is Counted Sweetest" by Emily Dickinson, p. 267 "Elegy" by Gene Derwood, p. 273 "Part of Plenty" by Bernard Spencer, p. 331 "Little Boy Blue" by John Crowe Ransom.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jean Grant

    I first met this book in a college English course decades ago. I often look up poems in it. I really like the choices made. Now if only I could find something for the last 50 years!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ikonopeiston

    An excellent collection. Very nearly a vade-mecum.

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    Kristin Lee Williams

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    Elva Blumenstein

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    edenstephen

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